A 9-year-old boy suffering from a rare muscular disorder went on the ultimate shopping spree Tuesday in LaSalle. Matteo had three minutes to run around a toy store and take whatever he wanted.
With the help of his family, Matteo scooped up a Nintendo Switch, Lego sets, hockey gear – and a whole lot more. He rounded up more than $2,500 worth of toys.
« He’s been through a lot. This is not something that happens every day or any day. It really put a smile on this face, » says Jonathan, Matteo’s father.
Matteo suffers from Hurler Syndrome, a disease which causes severe abnormalities in skeletal cartilage and bone.
Tuesday’s event was organized by the Starlight Children’s Foundation, an organization which grants wishes to seriously ill children.
« Seeing Matteo’s face when he walked in was overwhelming. It’s really emotional. For a few moments, we allow these kids to be kids again, » says Brian Bringolf, Executive Director of the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Matteo agrees it’s a day he’ll never forget.